You can’t exactly buy rain on Amazon but you can buy the RainMachine. This weather forecast sprinkler controller talks to the NOAA weather satellite service to find out about the coming weather and changes the amount of water the different areas of my garden get accordingly. It replaces my old traditional sprinkler controller that watered the same way, day in and day out. How does it know what my garden needs?  It knows me. […]

If you could see things the way we do… Shooting POV video is tough, especially in complicated environments where you need to have both hands available.  The ever-creative inventor, George Margolin who is known for tech products for Hollywood’s photo and movie biz has a solution.  In the photo at the left he models his latest invention, the SteadySnake(tm) NeckPod photo brace.  It has a bracket for the iPad, your […]

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the practical from the artistic.  Eames and Bauhaus chairs. KitchenAid mixers that are making a comeback in all colors. Depression glass juicers.  At the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art  through December 1, 2013, Kathleen Thompson Hill’s exhibit of culinary gadgets and ephemera, “Kitchen Memories” is not only an exercise in the whimsical and practical, but an experience that will stimulate memories going back to your childhood. […]

 In a highly successful campaign where “the camera tastes food before the mouth does”, Johnson & Johnson China focuses on young Chinese consumers’ love of taking pictures of their meals and sharing on social media networks to remind them to pay attention to oral health at “foodie time.” The small budget campaign was 720 times more cost-effective than the average CPM of TV in China tier one cities.

Take a moment to look at this amazing collection of maps courtesy of TwistedSifter.  Lightning strikes, alcohol consumption, maternity leave…even a map of the age that people first have sex.   It’s all here and I guarantee you’ll never see the world the same way again. Pangea, the supercontinent landmass of 300 million years ago before the continental drift puts Morocco just a few miles away from North Carolina. See, […]

It’s always been difficult for more than one person to gather ’round a mobile phone, so maybe on this Valentine’s Day it might be time to think about moving what’s on your mobile phone to your tablet for easier sharing with your beloved.  At least that’s what a Harris Interactive study (PDF) released by The Search Agency may suggest. Yesterday, app developer, Spring Design announced (PDF) ScreenShare Browser Pro, an app that […]

Kubi, meaning literally “neck” in Japanese, is the next big thing in telepresence. This attractively styled robotic stand from Revolve Robotics for camera-enabled tablets fits as nicely on a table at holiday dinners as it does at board meetings or in classrooms.  And it represents: YOU. You control Kubi from afar, using web-based remote control and Facetime, Skype or other video calling or telepresence apps, tilting the stand up when […]

Have you ever been stuck with heinous roaming fees when traveling abroad? Kinda takes the fun out of posting pictures or watching videos when you’re not within WiFi range. Globalgig has just launched its carrier grade mobile internet service with a hotspot device that connects with local networks through your smartphone, tablet or laptop.  You don’t have to switch you SIM card, nor deal with your carrier to buy a […]

Thanks to Viewpoints and A New Domain, here’s a great infographic that shows just how Americans prepare for Thanksgiving and what they eat (or thought they ate.)  Did you have more than 12 people at your Thanksgiving dinner?  Did you spend more than four hours in the kitchen? Check out these stats, preparation times, and particularly the calories.  We had one of the best Thanksgivings ever and hope you did […]

You have squirreled away your passwords, PIN numbers, account numbers in some outdated little book hidden in your underwear drawer, right? What if you’re on the go and forget a password or loyalty program ID? What if you got sick on vacation and you didn’t have access to your insurance ID, or what if the worst happened and you didn’t tell anyone where your last wishes are? IPM LIfeKeep has […]